The NFL is set up for another great day of action this Sunday. Fourteen games will be up on the board throughout September 20. One of these games will be between the Minnesota Vikings and the Indianapolis Colts. These two teams will look to bounce back after Week 1 losses. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota finished out the 2019 season with a record of 10-6, which helped them make the playoffs as a Wild Card. The Vikings started this season with a tough 0-1 record after losing in Week 1. Minnesota will now look to win on the road to avoid an 0-2 start to the season. I expect the Vikings to come out strong in this one on Sunday.
The Colts earned a record of 7-9 last season, which had them finish in third place of the AFC South and out of the playoff picture. Indianapolis took a really tough loss in Week 1 of this season and will need to find a way to win in Week 2. The Colts are at home against Minnesota and will look to use that to their advantage in this one.
These two teams finished in opposite spots of the standings last season, but after a strong offseason, both teams had higher hopes than a Week 1 loss. Now the Vikings and the Colts will look to bounce back in Week 2 as they look to avoid a tough 0-2 start. I expect both teams to try and control this game early as they search for a much needed win.
Minnesota met up with the Green Bay Packers in Week 1 at home. Kirk Cousins threw for two touchdowns, both to Adam Thielen. Dalvin Cook also rushed for two touchdowns on the day. Aaron Rodgers threw all over the Vikings though, throwing four touchdowns and 364 yards. Minnesota fell down early, and it led to the Vikings having to get away from the run game.
The Colts faced the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in Week 1. Nyheim Hines rushed for a touchdown and a passing touchdown. Hines finished with 73 total yards. Philip Rivers threw for 363 yards in his debut, but was outshined by Gardner Minshew II. Minshew threw for three touchdowns as the Jaguars won 27-20.
Both of these teams lost, but in very different ways. The Packers were able to pull away from the Vikings early in their Week 1 game, and Minnesota could not play catch up. Indianapolis had the lead or was tied until six minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars then took the lead and the Colts could not comeback to earn the win. Now both teams will look to grab the lead and hold onto it in Week 3.
The Vikings have a strong starting Quarterback in Kirk Cousins. Cousins finished out last season with 3603 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Cousins also earned another touchdown on the ground. In Week 1 of this season, Cousins threw for 259 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the loss.
Indianapolis picked up veteran Quarterback Philip Rivers in free agency this season. Rivers is coming off a season to forget with the Los Angeles Chargers last season. Rivers finished with 4615 yards, 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Rivers did not have a great Week 1 performance, throwing for 363 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
I believe that Minnesota has the edge in this matchup when it comes to Quarterback play. Cousins did not have the best Week 1, but is coming off a great season last season. Rivers struggled throughout last season and did not look good in Week 1 either. Rivers needs to clean up his interception problems if he wants to take the Colts to the next level.
Offseason Additions and Losses
The Vikings made a lot of moves in the draft after getting rid of players in free agency. Minnesota traded Stefon Diggs, but picked up Justin Jefferson. The Vikings also drafted three cornerbacks after letting Trae Waynes, Mackenzie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes walk. The biggest move Minnesota made though was picking up Yannick Ngakoue.
Indianapolis started off the offseason by picking up Philip Rivers. The Colts also added cornerbacks T.J. Carrie and Xavier Rhodes. Indianapolis also picked up defensive tackle DeForest Buckner from the San Francisco 49ers. The Colts also were able to resign a lot of key players like Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson. Indianapolis’ biggest loss was probably Eric Ebron.
The Colts had one of the best off-season’s of any team this year. The Colts added a lot of help on defense, while strengthening the Quarterback spot. Minnesota was really good last season and focused on getting a bit younger this offseason and keeping core players. With no preseason, Indianapolis struggled at times with their new players and they will need to come together more in Week 2.
I believe that the Vikings are the better team coming into this one. Indianapolis will have 2500 fans in attendance, but I am not sure if this will be enough to give the Colts an edge at home. I believe that Minnesota will come out strong with the running game to open up the passing attack. If the Vikings can strike early, I believe it will be enough to win in Week 2.
BetOnline has the Colts listed at -155 against the money line in this one. This implies that Indianapolis will win this game around 60.8 percent of the time. I think that with these two teams Week 1 performances, it should be much closer to even. I really like the Vikings in this one and as big underdogs, they have a lot of value. I expect Minnesota to come out strong after a Week 1 blowout, making them my pick for this matchup.